156 LETTERS FROM THE One of my correspondents is Mr. Mitford, a brother of Lady Charles Annesley, who resides at Amiens. Perregaux, the banker, is extremely friendly and useful to me in this respect, and is always ready with open purse-strings. His daugh- ter is a very smart, pretty girl.1 Nothing can exceed Madame de Laborde's attention to me. She is settled in her fine house, Rue d'Artois (now Cersette). I went with her and her daughter to the Lyc£e R6publicain, to hear La Harpe read an "Analyse de Zaire." Afterwards TAbbfe Morellet gave us an account of his own examination by the Comit£ Revolu- tionnaire. Madame de Poix had a ball the other night, but I was lazy, and did not go. How comically I should have been accoutred, in worsted stock- ings and half boots, with a red handkerchief round my neck 1 Such is the ball costume at present. January 2nd, 1797. Since my last, I have little to say, beyond wishing you all a happy new year. I hardly go i She afterwards became Duchess de Raguse (Mar* mont).